Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
The office are getting used to the cakes now…so much so that I am getting requests! My first request was for a red velvet cupcake. As it’s nearly valentines day I thought now was the time to try them so I searched my cookbooks and websites before I came upon a recipe that sounded perfect on a brilliant blog– Faux Red Velvet Hostess Cupcakes. These looked amazing so were a definite must try.
I have made mine slightly different as the chocolate glaze went wrong. For some reason I just couldn’t get it right and it tasted awful. After trying twice and wasting way too much chocolate I decided to just go for a hummingbird bakery chocolate buttercream icing recipe instead of the glaze. My husband ate two in a row as soon as they were ready so to me, this means they were a definite success.
I used a Dr Oetker red gel colouring from Asda as recommended, but I didn’t feel it made the cakes red enough. When I make these again (which I will because they tasted soooo good!) I would go back to using my Wilton colour pastes as they give a much deeper colour.
- 125g unsalted butter – at room temperature
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
- 100g self raising flour – sifted
- 25g cocoa powder
- 50ml vegetable oil
- Red gel food colour
Method for making the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a muffin tray with paper cases
- In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar on medium high speed for 5 minutes until pale and fluffy
- Add in the eggs, one at a time. Add in the vanilla
- Add the vegetable oil, flour and cocoa powder and mix until combined
- Add the red colouring until fully mixed in
- Divide the batter into the cases and bake for 20-25 minutes
While the cupcakes are cooling make the marshmallow filling:
- 125g marshmallow fluff (I got mine from Sainsburys but it is also sold in Waitrose and Asda)
- 50g unsalted butter – at room temperature
- 50g icing sugar – sifted
- 1 tsp milk
Method for making the filling:
- In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the marshmallow fluff and butter together
- Add in the icing sugar and milk and beat until fluffy
- Once the cupcakes are cooled cut a cone shape out of the centre
- Fill the hole with the marshmallow filling
- Spread a thin layer of the marshmallow over the top of each cake
- Let the marshmallow set for about 10 minutes before topping the cake with the buttercream
- 300g icing sugar – sifted
- 100g unsalted butter – at room temperature
- 40g cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp milk
Method for making the buttercream:
- Beat the icing sugar, butter and cocoa in an electric mixer on medium slow speed until the mixture comes together
- Turn the mixer down to a slow speed and add the milk a little at a time
- Once all the milk has been incorporated turn the mixer up to a high speed
- Beat until the frosting is light and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
- The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes!
I use a piping bag to ice the cupcakes and then I decorated with chocolate hearts, gold sparkle and dried strawberries.
The red cupcake cases and chocolate hearts came from Just Bake – A great website!
Not only do these cupcakes look beautiful, they also taste amazing. You’ll be sure to win hearts if you bake them for anyone this Valentines!